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Mystery Crop Damage Threatens Hundreds Of Acres
wreg.com ^ | 6-1-10 | Shaun Chaiyabhat

Posted on 06/02/2010 7:02:32 AM PDT by CloudsofFlight

(Memphis 6/1/2010) A mystery is unfolding across MidSouth farms.

Something is killing crops, trees, even weeds and nobody can explain why.

Farmers are scratching their heads and some are worried their crops may be lost to the mysterious plague.

It's happening along a large swath of land near the Shelby and Tipton county border along Herring Hill Road and elsewhere near the Mississippi River bottoms.

Tiny dots appear to have burned onto leaves of all types of plants, and they appear different depending on the plant.

On corn stalks, the dots seem to turn white in the center.

On other plants, a white dust speckles the leaves and then destroys the green life underneath.

"We found it all in the herbs, in the flowers, in the plum tree, in the weeds," said organic farmer Toni Holt. "It's apparently in everything."

Holt grows organic produce that she sells at area farmers' markets.

As she and other farmers inspect the new growth covered in the perplexing plague, they fear their entire crop may be lost.

Less than ten miles from Holt's crops, the damage could possibly hit hundreds of acres of corn at Wilder Farms.

It appears to have hit everything in its path.

There does not seem to be anything in common with the affected plants.

The Holts raise organic crops, so they don't spray pesticides on any of their fruits and vegetables.

The first thought among some was a new parasite or insect caused the damage, but Wilder farms sprays pesticides and the damage there is exactly the same.

Farmers first noticed the damaging dots over the weekend.

Then Holt came home to find baby birds dead in their nests.

"There are two dead birds hanging out of two different bird houses, so we're concerned about that. We don't know if it's related, but it's alarming," said Holt. "We've got horses, we're concerned about the horses on the grass. We've got chickens. We sell our eggs at the market."

Farmers we spoke with are convinced something in the air caused this damage.

They're asking the USDA and other experts to look into the problem, and so are we.

Copyright © 2010, WREG-TV


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: agriculture; artbell; cropdamage; crops; doctordoom; eddames; farming; lantdisease; p; plant; plantdisease; predictedlongago; tennessee

1 posted on 06/02/2010 7:02:32 AM PDT by CloudsofFlight
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To: CloudsofFlight

Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with toxic dispersants being sprayed by the tons in the Gulf of Mexico, evaporating, and coming back down as rain


2 posted on 06/02/2010 7:07:48 AM PDT by silverleaf (Every time history repeats itself the price goes up)
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To: CloudsofFlight

“We found it all in the herbs, in the flowers, in the plum tree, in the weeds,” said organic farmer Toni Holt. “It’s apparently in everything.”

Bio-weapons testing? ( and no, I do not mean it’s done by the US gov)

Have there been any crop-dusting planes seen?

The terrorists who perpetrated the 9-11 attacks were interested in crop dusting planes.


3 posted on 06/02/2010 7:08:15 AM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: CloudsofFlight

Sounds like several different things hitting at once. Maybe weather conditions have allow all to burst forth at once.
Fungus, virus, bacterial infection, etc.
Or it could be some weird crap from a shipping container from China or something.


4 posted on 06/02/2010 7:08:48 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (When will you have enough, Mr. Obama?)
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To: CloudsofFlight

bflr


5 posted on 06/02/2010 7:09:12 AM PDT by Errant
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To: CloudsofFlight

6 posted on 06/02/2010 7:09:46 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: silverleaf

bump


7 posted on 06/02/2010 7:10:49 AM PDT by justsaynomore (The Hermantor - 2012 - www.hermancain.com)
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To: CloudsofFlight
Might be the start of "No Blade of Grass"
8 posted on 06/02/2010 7:17:14 AM PDT by ASOC (Things are not always as they appear, ask the dog chasing the car)
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To: CloudsofFlight

Dense cosmic ray shower. Everyone put on a cap.


9 posted on 06/02/2010 7:19:22 AM PDT by ZX12R (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!)
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To: CloudsofFlight

Has to be a fungus, imho.


10 posted on 06/02/2010 7:36:07 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: MestaMachine; DvdMom; SmokingJoe; muawiyah; SunkenCiv; decimon; Rushmore Rocks; ...

*ping*


11 posted on 06/02/2010 7:37:59 AM PDT by hennie pennie
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To: Neoliberalnot

Far more fun to blame it on an international conspiracy among British Petroleum, Red China and Monsanto.


12 posted on 06/02/2010 7:40:14 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Neoliberalnot

“Farmers first noticed the damaging dots over the weekend.

Then Holt came home to find baby birds dead in their nests. “

Fungus kills birds?


13 posted on 06/02/2010 7:43:12 AM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: CloudsofFlight

Read THE BLASTED HEATH by H P lovecraft.


14 posted on 06/02/2010 7:50:29 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( Viva los SB 1070)
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To: ASOC

No Blade of Grass...I saw that movie 39 years ago! What a date! Garnett Theater, Tulsa, OK. Now closed.


15 posted on 06/02/2010 7:54:03 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( Viva los SB 1070)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Not exactly a Chik Flik, eh?

The book was ...interesting. I have been a fan of post-apocalytic fiction for years.

Alas Babylon
Lucifer's Hammer
Some of the recent Jonny Ringo books in the Looking Glass series

Some writers do have a very. .. let's say 'vivid' imagination.

16 posted on 06/02/2010 8:00:09 AM PDT by ASOC (Things are not always as they appear, ask the dog chasing the car)
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To: silverleaf
Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with toxic dispersants being sprayed by the tons in the Gulf of Mexico, evaporating, and coming back down as rain

BINGO !


17 posted on 06/02/2010 8:06:00 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: silverleaf

You are right....it is from the oil in the atmosphere ending up in the rain.


18 posted on 06/02/2010 8:17:06 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: SmartInsight

I don’t think the birds are connected with the plant deaths.


19 posted on 06/02/2010 9:08:10 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: shield

It hasn’t rained around here in a while. That’s not it.


20 posted on 06/02/2010 10:37:14 AM PDT by CloudsofFlight
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To: ASOC
"Alas Babylon
Lucifer's Hammer
Some of the recent Jonny Ringo books in the Looking Glass series"

Just received and started to re-read "Lucifer's Hammer." I forgot how good it was. I read it the first and second times many years ago, and loved it.

21 posted on 06/02/2010 12:23:34 PM PDT by redhead
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To: CloudsofFlight

Chemtrails?


22 posted on 06/02/2010 12:39:28 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield

No chemtrails around here either. It just came outta nowhere.


23 posted on 06/02/2010 3:13:04 PM PDT by CloudsofFlight
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To: hennie pennie

Thanks hennie pennie.


24 posted on 06/02/2010 3:22:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: CloudsofFlight

Hmmm...it will be interesting to find out what is going on....


25 posted on 06/02/2010 5:58:13 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: CloudsofFlight
Here is something I found on this:

Also read some of the comments under the original video link I posted. Someone was saying they were outside and it started sprinkling. They had to go in because the rain seemed to be burning her skin?

Here's the kicker below.
On May 25th, the Lucite facility next to Dupont on Hwy 51 and Fite Road in Millington had a chemical leak of sulfur trioxide. The chemical could easily have evaporated in our local atmosphere then recondensed as acid rain on nearby plants. Chemical burns can cause that kind of spotty damage. Sulfur trioxide combined with H2O results in sulfuric acid (SO3 + H2O = H2SO4) Wikipedia defines Acid Rain as ... "caused by emissions of compounds of ammonium, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur which react with the water molecules in the atmosphere to produce acids..."

26 posted on 06/02/2010 7:02:58 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: redhead

Survivalist fiction at it’s best

“Fallen Angels” is also a very good read.


27 posted on 06/02/2010 7:03:55 PM PDT by ASOC (Things are not always as they appear, ask the dog chasing the car)
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To: silverleaf

More likely a by product of the flooding we’ve had. 2 weeks ago Tipton Co had 40,000 acres still under flood water.


28 posted on 06/03/2010 10:40:44 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: SmartInsight

Yes certain molds and fungus spores can kill. Mushrooms are a fungus, and certain ones can kill.


29 posted on 06/03/2010 10:45:28 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: hennie pennie; DelaWhere; Velveeta; WestCoastGal; PGalt; milford421

Thanks to HP for the ping to this thread.


30 posted on 06/05/2010 12:43:26 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( garden/survival/cooking/storage- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2299939/posts?page=5555)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

Someone really needs to check crop dusting planes rented or used in the last week or so.


31 posted on 06/05/2010 10:37:58 AM PDT by WestCoastGal
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